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NH Joins Regional Global Warming Pact: Boosts Investment in Efficiency Measures to Help Save Energy
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617-850-1722 Concord, NH (June 11, 2008) – With a stroke of the pen from Governor John Lynch, New Hampshire today will join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative-RGGI-a pact negotiated by Northeast governors to reduce global warming pollution from power plants in the region. The Conservation Law Foundation, a…

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Momentum Growing for Passage of Key Global Warming Bill: Legislation Would Target Reductions in Greenhouse Gas Emissions 80% by 2050
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617-850-1722 Providence, RI (June 11, 2008) – Key business and political leaders today called for the General Assembly to pass a landmark global warming bill before the end of the legislation session. The Rhode Island Global Warming Solutions Act (H. 7884, S. 2629) seeks to cut major greenhouse…

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Increased Energy Efficiency Budget Needed Now: Savings Would Protect Against Volatile Energy Prices
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617.850.1722 Montpelier, VT (June 9, 2008) – The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) called for a significant increase in the Energy Efficiency budget for Vermont beginning in 2009. In a recommendation filed with the Public Service Board, the groups say the…

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Landmark Court Decision Rules MASSHighway Water Pollution Violates Federal Law
by Brian Barth

Victory for Environmentalists Will Lead to Clean Up of Stormwater Pollution Statewide, Improved Water Quality Contact: Colin Durrant, Director of Communications 617-850-1722 Boston, MA (May 30, 2008) In a precedent-setting decision, a federal court judge has ruled from the bench that the Massachusetts Highway Department violated federal clean water laws by failing to develop an…

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MA Governor Signs Historic Ocean Management Bill
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617.850.1722 Boston, MA (May 28, 2008) – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick today signed into law a landmark ocean management act to balance commercial and recreational use with wildlife protection. The new law will lead to a first-in-the-nation ocean management plan to guide all development activity, including renewable energy,…

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Massachusetts Leads the Nation by Passing First Ever Comprehensive Ocean Planning Bill Massachusetts Ocean Act will Help Managers Balance Commercial and Recreational Activities with Conservation Needs – Preserving the Marine Economy and Environment
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617.850.1722 Boston, MA (May 23, 2008) – Late last night the Massachusetts Legislature passed the Massachusetts Ocean Act, calling for the creation of a comprehensive plan to manage the Bay State’s ocean waters. This plan will be the first of its kind in the nation and will apply…

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Experts Say U.S. Coasts and Estuaries Contribute Billions to Economy, but Much is at Risk: New report from Restore America’s Estuaries and The Ocean Foundation Shows High Economic Value of Coasts and Estuaries at Jeopardy Without Restoration and Protection
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617.850.1722 Washington, DC (May 21, 2008) – A new report released today documents the economic value of the nation’s coastal areas in excess of hundreds of billions of dollars. According to the report, “The Economic and Market Value of Coasts and Estuaries: What’s At Stake?” beaches, coastal communities,…

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Conference Committee Advances First in the Nation Comprehensive Ocean Planning Bill for State Waters Massachusetts Ocean Coalition Applauds Legislature’s Leadership on Bill to Balance Commercial and Recreational Activities with Conservation
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617.850.1722 Boston, MA (May 15, 2008) – Late last night, a House and Senate conference committee released its updated language of the Massachusetts Ocean Act, setting the stage for passage of a first in the nation comprehensive management plan for the Bay State’s ocean territory. The conference committee…

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A Green Light for Green Power in MA: NSTAR Green Program Approved by State Regulators Will Provide Customers with Clean Power Option
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617.850.1722 Boston, MA (May 1, 2008) – A new program that will provide Massachusetts’ 1.4 million NSTAR customers with the option to buy clean, renewable energy has been approved by the Department of Public Utilities (DPU). The program, dubbed NSTAR Green, will allow residential customers to purchase half…

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Environmental Enforcement Bill Sent to Governor: Reform Bill Strengthens System for Holding Polluters Accountable, Reflects Recommendations of 2007 CLF report
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617.850.1722 Montpelier, VT (April 29, 2008) – The Vermont General Assembly today gave its final approval to a bill that will significantly strengthen the state’s enforcement of environmental laws. H.685 increases penalties for environmental polluters and gives authorities enhanced power to ensure fines are paid on time. The…